14 hours ago
A little work in progress from my second session with this piece. randomly, earlier this week i sat down at my desk and thought i should paint something. before i knew it i was over half way finished. it’s funny to me how long i will sometimes dwell on subject, composition, light, color... etc. making silly rules for my future painting that i haven’t even begun yet. then there are other times where i simply want to paint, so i do. i don’t get hung up on all the things i could nit pick, make a few quick decisions and go. what’s even funnier is that often, my favorites are those pieces. they just come together so much easier. maybe it’s because i’ve put less pressure on myself?? who knows. i swear being an artist is 10% materials, 30% developed skills, 60% “i’ll figure it out as i go along” guess work... maybe that makes me a horrible artist. haha!! my teachers would probably shake their heads at me if they knew i felt this way. .
that leads me to another thought... i have had so many people tell me that they wish they could paint but they can’t. why? why can’t you pick up some paint and paper and go for it? simply putting the paint down on the paper is literally painting. it can be as simple as blending the colors together and seeing what happens. maybe it has to do with the rules we all make for ourselves? we see the style in which other people go about making their art and think “i can’t do that so i can’t do it at all.” i’m the first to admit i’ve absolutely felt that way, but that’s silly. that’s also what makes that person’s work special. if we could all do it, it wouldn’t stand out to us and we wouldn’t admire it. the trick is to find your way of making work that you love and are proud of and is satisfying to work on (a new thing i’m learning about). it might not look like this persons or that persons work but it looks like yours. i guess the point of my rant is; don’t let silly rules that we all make up in our heads keep us from doing something we want to do/try. everyone is capable of anything. i swear we are the biggest culprits for keeping ourselves from achieving what we want because of rule making that leads to self doubt.